Woman pepper-sprayed at 2017 UC Berkeley protests can sue, court rules

Protesters holding a "This is War" sign at the 2017 Berkeley Milo
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Three years after protests in response to Milo Yiannopoulos' planned appearance at UC Berkeley, a federal appeals court reverted a previous ruling and stated that a woman who was on campus to see Yiannopoulos may sue a protester who she alleges shined a flashlight in her eyes to direct attacks by other protesters.

A federal appeals court ruled July 8 that a woman pepper-sprayed at the 2017 Milo Yiannopoulos protest in Berkeley can sue.
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Robles, who is a conservative, came to Berkeley on Feb. 1, 2017, to see Milo Yiannopoulos speak. She alleged that she was assaulted at the event with pepper spray and “struck” by flagpoles, according to court documents. She also alleged that defendant Raha Miradbal — who Robles claims is a member of “antifa,” a term for anti-fascist groups — shone a flashlight in her eyes “to incapacitate” her and other Yiannopoulos supporters so others could “physically assault them.”
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